Draper Lab Awarded Potential $393M Trident Missile Guidance Support Contract

MissileDefenseThe U.S. Navy has awarded Charles Stark Draper Laboratory a potential five-year, $393 million contract to help repair, test and maintain guidance systems and support equipment for Trident D5 missiles.

Draper will also explore the use of technology to support Trident II guidance and re-entry platforms and a common missile compartment for the Ohio-class submarine replacement and the U.K.’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

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Work also covers specialized technical and engineering work on the missile’s guidance, navigation and control systems intended for the Navy’s hypersonic flight tests.

The sole-source contract has a $54.3 million base value and is slated to run through Sept. 30, 2016, which could extend for four additional years if all options are exercised.

Draper will perform majority of the work in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the rest in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and El Segundo, California.

The Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) Trident II missile is onboard the Ohio-class submarines of the U.S. and Vanguard-class submarines of the U.K.

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